A week after the election, two California Congressional races are still too close to call.
Democratic incumbent Jerry McNerney leads GOP rival David Harmer by several hundred votes in Northern California’s 11th district. In the Fresno area’s 20th district, it’s a tossup; 9 a.m., Democratic incumbent Jim Costa trailed Republican Andy Vidak by 27 votes.
There are still vote-by-mail, damaged and provisional ballots to count.
You have to figure there’ll be a recount, but Shannan Velayas of the California Secretary of State’s office says California does not have an automatic recount provision.
A losing candidate ask for a recount - but if it doesn’t change the result, guess who pays the bill?
Geography complicates the tally; the 20th Congressional District stretches over three counties, while the 11th spreads out over four. County registrars have four weeks to finish counting ballots. That should still leave time for recounts. The new Congress won’t be sworn in until Jan. 5.